This youthful six-piece ensemble plays a blend of blues, pop and contemporary country with the wisdom of old souls. All but one member played as part of Omaha’s BluesEd youth music program, and the group’s members are no strangers to the Playing with Fire stage. Featuring Grace Giebler (vocals), Luke Wagner (drums), David Bredthauer (bass), Reeve Johnson (keyboard), Jack Jones (electric guitar), and Logan Hawkins (acoustic guitar), we present them once more at our concert series before they gain national recognition.

When they’re at PwF

The band, up close

  • Grace Giebler (vocals)
  • Luke Wagner (drums)
  • David Bredthauer (bass)
  • Reeve Johnson (keys)
  • Jack Jones (electric guitar)
  • Logan Hawkins (acoustic guitar)

Band Accolades

Grace Giebler

  • American Idol 2019 contestant and recipient of a Gold Ticket to Hollywood
  • DownBeat Student Music Awards* 2019 Recipient:
    • Vocal Jazz Soloist- High School Honors Outstanding Performance
    • Blues/Pop/Rock Soloist- High School Honors Outstanding Performance
    • *DownBeat Student Music Awards are considered the most prestigious awards in jazz education
  • Represented Nebraska at the 2017 and 2019 International Blues Challenge Youth Showcase
  • Feature performance at the 2018 Jazz Education Network (JEN) International Conference
  • Outstanding Soloist Award as a vocalist at the 2018 Great Plains Jazz Festival
  • Semi-Finalist in the 2017 International Songwriter Competition
  • Finalist in the 2017 John Lennon Songwriting Competition
  • Finalist in the Omaha Performing Arts Singer/Songwriter Competition for 3 years, 2017-2019
  • Performed at Playing with Fire 2017 and 2018 with BluesEd/Us and Them

Luke Wagner

  • Represented Nebraska at the 2019 International Blues Challenge Youth Showcase
  • Performed at 2018 Playing with Fire with BluesEd/Us and Them
  • Performed with national traveling program, One Percussion in 2018

David Bredthauer

  • Majoring in Jazz Studies with an emphasis on Bass at the University of North Texas
  • Performed at Playing with Fire 4 times with BluesEd/Us and Them
  • Represented Nebraska at the 2017 International Blues Challenge Youth Showcase

Reeve Johnson

  • Pianist in Jazz One at the University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • Performed with artists ranging from Roger Waters to Benny Golson to the Omaha Symphony
  • Recipient of an outstanding musician award in high school

Jack Jones

  • Majoring in Jazz Studies with an emphasis on guitar at the University of North Texas
  • Performed at Playing with Fire in 2017 with BluesEd/Us and Them
  • Represented Nebraska at the 2017 International Blues Challenge Youth Showcase

Logan Hawkins

  • 2019 Guitarist for Metro Area Youth Jazz Orchestra
  • Represented Nebraska at the 2019 International Blues Challenge Youth Showcase
  • Performed at the Playing with Fire 3 times with BluesEd/Us and Them(2) and Dilemma(1)

Just for PwF fans

Discography

Because this band was put together by Grace specifically for this concert, they don’t have a “discography” to share. Instead, here are a few of the pieces the band may be performing at PwF!

Insights from PwF Producer Jeff Davis about The Grace Giebler Project

We have watched and worked with Grace during her multiple performances at PwF with the BluesEd band Us and Them. We wanted the opportunity to present her one more time before she achieves national recognition.

She is a great vocalist in every genre, especially adept in the blues.  

Grace is a terrific leader and has put together an exceptional band of BluesEd alums.

Where you can hear them online

Grace Giebler has several songs available on her website to listen to!

A snippet of Grace performing

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Songs they listen to

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